PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The college basketball game of the night on the local scene Monday is in Division III. Gwynedd-Mercy hosting Cabrini. Both teams are 16-4 on the season and both teams are red hot. Griffins have won nine straight coming in, Cabrini has a ten-game winning streak.
Gwynedd-Mercy Head Coach John Baron talks about his team’s success:
“We’re taking it one game at a time. I think I always thought that we could be pretty good after a mediocre, .500 season last year. We had a couple of starters back and then adding (junior guard) Dan DelConte we thought that we had a chance to be pretty good.”
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DelConte is third on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game and he leads the squad with 82 assists. He is one of four Griffins scoring in double figures. They are led in scoring by senior guard Jon Crabtree at 17.2 points a game. Senior forward Jon Hogga pours in 14.5 points a game and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds a contest.
Cabrini Head Coach Marcus Kahn talks about what is working for his team:
“We are playing a lot of experienced guys. While we are still young overall on our roster, the majority of guys carrying the load of minutes were on our team last year that won (the CSAC). So some experience is helping us get through. And our offense is clicking. We are pretty good when we can spread the floor and get different guys in double figures, which we have been able to do almost every night.”
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Cavaliers led in scoring this season by Dom Farrello. The senior forward is averaging 16.4 points a game. He also paces the team with 7.4 rebounds a contest. Cory Lemons is right behind him at 15.5 points a game and the sophomore guard leads the team with 125 assists.
Gwynedd-Mercy and Cabrini have played once already this season, Cavaliers winning 86-83 in overtime at home on December 2nd. Baron says that game was a long time ago in basketball terms:
“I think both teams are different. What we are going to take out of it is some defensive things, some offensive things we looked at on tape yesterday. We’re just going to come with a different confidence knowing we are playing at home.”
Kahn not taking a whole lot from that first meeting:
“We’re both different. Watching that film the other night, I decided actually not to show it to our guys because we are so different than we were in the beginning of December. And I believe they are different than they were at that time. I think both teams are playing better. While we are doing some of the same things I think both teams obviously, with the experience of the year, have gotten a lot better.”
Cabrini leads the Colonial States Athletic Conference with a 12-1 mark. Gwynedd-Mercy is one game behind at 11-2.
Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio